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Blu-ray Review: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

October 26, 2016

By John Corrado

talladega-nights-blu-rayCelebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the 2006 comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is getting a new Blu-ray release, including both the theatrical and unrated cuts of the film.

I still remember seeing Talladega Nights in theatres when it first came out and laughing my face off, and it still holds up as one of the funnier films of the last decade.  Directed by his frequent collaborator Adam Mckay, following their cult classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the film allows Will Ferrell to craft another one of his finest comedic characters as the dimwitted but super fast racecar driver Ricky Bobby.

Sacha Baron Cohen is also at his scenery-chewing best as his arrogant French rival, and they are backed up by equally memorable supporting work from John C. Reily as the dumb but well-meaning best friend, Jane Lynch as the no-nonsense grandma, and Amy Adams as a charming young love interest.  Probably my personal favourite of the Adam McKay and Will Ferrell vehicles, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby offers a multitude of comedic pleasures that bear revisiting, and the Blu-ray offers a lot of worthwhile material for fans to go through and enjoy.

Dubbed the Big Hairy American Winning Edition, bonus features on the two-disc set include a bunch of deleted and extended scenes on both the theatrical and unrated cuts, commentary tracks, a pair of Line-O-Ramas, character interviews, audition videos, a gag reel, several featurettes, promotional videos, Adam McKay’s Video Diaries and more.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release.  The theatrical cut is 108 minutes and rated 14A, and the unrated version runs for 121 minutes.

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